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Close to famous / Joan Bauer.

By: Bauer, Joan, 1951-.
Contributor(s): Brennan, Nancy [bkd] | Viking [pbl].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Viking, 2011ISBN: 9780670012824 (hardcover); 0670012823 (hardcover).Subject(s): Youth -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction | Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction | Baking -- Juvenile fiction | Cupcakes -- Juvenile fiction | Country life -- West Virginia -- Juvenile fiction | Diligence -- Juvenile fiction | Success -- Juvenile fiction | Cooks -- Juvenile fiction | Singers -- Juvenile fiction | Literacy -- Juvenile fiction | Single-parent families -- Juvenile fiction | West Virginia -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PZ7.B32615 | Cl 2011Awards: Schneider Family Award for Middle School, 2012Summary: Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother's abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.
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CML Adolescent Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother's abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.

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Schneider Family Award for Middle School, 2012

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Sixth-grader Foster McFee is a supremely talented baker and dreams of being a famous television chef like Sonny Kroll, star of her favorite show on the Food Network, but she has already had to face some major challenges in her life. After her father's death in combat in Iraq, she and her mother, a talented singer, have had a hard time financially, and ultimately they are forced to leave Memphis in order to escape her mother's abusive Elvis-impersonator boyfriend. Worst of all, Foster is unable to read because of a learning disability. When she and her mother accidentally end up in Culpepper, WV, Foster finds some unlikely supporters among the tiny town's eccentric residents, including a boy with no camera who dreams of being a documentary filmmaker and a famous retired actress who lives in seclusion on the outskirts of the community. Thanks to them and to her own perseverance, Foster is able to work toward her dream of making the world a better place, one cupcake at a time. The story is fast paced, and readers will be rooting for likable and gutsy Foster, who expresses her views on life in baking metaphors. The quirky residents of Culpepper are equally believable and appealing. Youngsters will find this story tastier than a batch of Foster's triple chocolate cupcakes.-Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Joan Bauer is the author of numerous books for young readers including Soar; Rules of the Road, which received the L.A. Times Book Prize; Hope Was Here, which won a Newbery Honor Medal and the Christopher Award; and Close to Famous, which won the Christopher Award and the Schneider Family Book Award. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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